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General Discussion / Bali Cycling Tours
« on: March 18, 2008, 08:16:15 am »
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General Discussion / Hip Bursitis
« on: March 11, 2008, 08:51:23 am »
Worth a try: get your physician to prescribe some physical therapy. Several acquaintances have had real improvement of joint problems with PT. A therapist who knows sports medicine would be a bonus, but any good therapist will know what to do.

Prepare for a few painful sessions on the way to less pain on the bike.


General Discussion / Maps: opinion on ACA maps
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:52:14 am »
Hi Doug,

I use the road map and point-of-interest database in my GPS. Before that arrived, I picked up state highway maps.    The GPS map is a good adjunct to the ACA maps, but it cannot replace them any more than the state highways maps can.


General Discussion / Single Riders on Tours
« on: January 27, 2008, 09:09:10 am »
From my own limited experience, in the younger groups perhaps half the people were single and half were there with a partner. In the older groups there were more couples.

Any of the tour organizers should be happy to tell you how their own tours run in this regard, as well as the distribution of ages. They all want satisfied customers. Drop them an email.


General Discussion / Magazines That Offer Bicycle Reviews
« on: January 26, 2008, 09:05:08 am »
I would start with Adventure Cyclist.


General Discussion / women cycling solo across the US
« on: January 07, 2008, 08:22:38 am »
Hi Michele,

We have discussed this several times, so a good start is to find what has gone before. Try the "search" button at the top right of this page. Keyword = woman, leave "In the past" blank to search all the way back, and All Forums to get started.

A good friend of mine does a long solo trip once or twice a year, two of which have been all the way across the US. Needless to say, she loves it.


General Discussion / Xtracycle
« on: October 30, 2007, 09:02:30 am »
Read Adventure Cycling's review of it from September 2001, reprinted on the Xtracycle web site at


General Discussion / Bringing pets on long trips?
« on: October 01, 2007, 08:28:47 am »
For what it's worth, I chatted with three such riders on the Northern Tier: one with a cat in a rack trunk, one with a small dog in a rack trunk, and one with a medium-size (15 lb.?) dog in a two-wheeled trailer. They were all riding solo (duo?). We did not dwell on the topic, but all parties seemed to be enjoying the trip. I did not notice any helmets on the animals.


This message was edited by FredHiltz on 10-1-07 @ 4:30 AM

General Discussion / Great Divide - The right bike?
« on: September 20, 2007, 08:24:45 am »
No one else can decide this for you. But you can read dozens of opinions on the topic by searching this forum for "trailer" and you can read Larry Diskin's research in the How To department at


General Discussion / leg cramps
« on: September 16, 2007, 08:14:50 am »
The FDA will not allow more than 1% of the RDA of potassium to be put in an over the counter supplement, so you would need a prescription for a big dose.

There's a good reason to avoid that big dose. It can kill you quickly. Google "hyperkalemia" for the ugly details. Unless you have kidney disease, Mudmin's choice of diet is the way to go.

One day of exercise will not deplete a healthy person's potassium significantly. Unlike sodium, we don't lose it much in sweat; the kidneys excrete it. A typical person's body contains more than 30 times the recommended daily intake of 3,500 mg.  is a good review of the potassium story.

Cramping remains somewhat a medical mystery. We get more as we get older, and dehydration is the most commonly identified cause, but sometimes the medics can't identify one at all. If they persist, a talk with the doc is in order, just to run through the less likely possible causes.


General Discussion / Which Touring Tires?
« on: September 09, 2007, 08:28:12 am »
Hi Ed,

This is a common topic, mostly addressed in the Gear forum. To see a number of opinions, use the search box at the top right of this screen. Search for tires and select the blank option for "In the past" to search the entire archive.


General Discussion / Bike/Kayak Touring
« on: September 03, 2007, 07:38:06 am »
Hi John,

I saw a fellow doing just that on the Burlington VT waterfront bike path a couple of years ago. That's all I know about it, but it's a start.


General Discussion / Adventure Cycling Web Site
« on: June 30, 2007, 08:59:41 am »
Hi 5th,

It has been solid here and no one else has reported trouble. If you care to reveal your ISP, operating system, browser, and what you see when the problem occurs (error message? stall? crash?), you might get some suggestions.


General Discussion / Touring and Heart Disease
« on: June 26, 2007, 08:56:00 am »
Hi Jinx (that's a great moniker),

Yes, many have done it. See the thread "training over 50 yrs of age" starting last May 29 here. Google finds thousands more, including a lot of suspect advice. The best thing to do IMO is to find a sports medicine physician and plan a rehab/training program leading up to the big ride.


General Discussion / Breast Cancer Tandem Ride
« on: April 27, 2007, 07:19:53 am »
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